Marsh and South Parish Orienteering Map


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Cork City Council have developed a new fun, outdoor activity for all the family.

Get out and about and explore the newly developed Heritage Orienteering Route that has been developed in Shandon or get involved in Phase 2, which will wind its way through the historic areas of the Marsh and South Parish, in the heart of Cork City.

The aim of the orienteering route is to raise awareness and celebrate the architectural conservation areas of our city by getting the public involved in art competitions and orienteering. The chosen routes highlight wonderful architectural features that can be seen on shop fronts, houses, and civic buildings such as wrought iron railings, sash windows, intricate stone carvings, fanlights and many other features, some of which are hundreds of years old!  By taking part, you can enjoy the historic urban landscape in a healthy and fun way.

How to Take Part in the Art Competition for Phase 2 (running from 25th June - 30th August 2021):

Visit this page to find out more. Here you will find a downloadable map to help you to navigate through the streets of South Parish and the Marsh where you can find interesting architectural features to draw. Enter your drawing to the online competition and the winning entries will be printed on ceramic tiles which will be installed as the permanent orienteering markers. 

You can also take part in a Heritage Week Event for the project which will be a 'Walk & Draw' on 20th August at 2 pm. 

This will be a walk through the Architectural Conservation Area of The Marsh, with the opportunity to draw interesting architectural features along the way.

Archaeological Illustrator Sara Nylund (Abarta Heritage) and Cork City Assistant Conservation Officer Ciara O'Flynn will lead a ‘walk and draw’ through the streets of the Architectural Conservation Areas of South Parish and the Marsh. Participants will be asked to draw interesting architectural features they encounter and these drawings can be entered into the online art competition for the Cork Orienteering Project. Winning entries will be printed on hand-made ceramic tiles which will be used as the permanent markers for the orienteering route. 

Pens & Paper will be provided for the event.

Date & time: Friday 20th August, 2pm - 4pm

Meeting point: The Cornmarket, beside the Bridewell Garda Station

Booking is essential and places limited. You can book you place here [link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/165884094793]

How to Take Part in the Shandon Orienteering Route (Phase 1):

Click here to find out more. This page will lead you to the downloadable map and clues that will help you to navigate through the streets of Shandon (an Architectural Conservation Area). By exploring the route, you will find yourself wandering through historic streets and lanes searching out everyday features that may date back hundreds of years. You will also find out some of the stories about the people who once lived and worked here.